A number of fiddlers and accompanists performed at Shade Tree Fiddlers State as part of the annual Art in the Park festival at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia on June 7 and 8. Some 10,000 visitors came to the fair to see the artworks of dozens of artists working in various media – and to take in some good music. The Shade Tree stage was organized by Howard Marshall, and cosponsored by the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network. The venue included hour-long sets by a range of fiddlers young and old, playing styles such as bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, and western swing.
On Saturday, the lineup of fiddlers included Paul Grace of Columbia; John White and The Nine Mile Band of Hallsville and Columbia, with David Cavins, guitar, and Amber Gaddy, banjo (check out John White’s new fiddle CD on Voyager Records); Howard Marshall of Fulton with Ron Ray, guitar, and Kathy Gordon, bass; Joel Chrisman of Ashland with Heinrich Leonhard, guitar; Jim Thaxter, banjo; Kathy Gordon; and Elizabeth Fedorchalk of Holts Summit and Quintin Huck of Ste. Genevieve with Judi Hirti, autoharp.
On Sunday, the performers included Sadie Currey of Columbia, with David Currey, guitar and Dobro, and Howard Marshall, mandolin, guitar, and second fiddle; Bryan Biswell of Fayette, with his brother, James Biswell, guitar; Dierik Leonhard of Columbia, with Jane Accurso, guitar; and The Nine One One Band of Columbia (so-named because the original members all had open-heart surgery), whose three fiddlers are Bob Caldwell, Dale Pauley, and Bud Wyatt, with Harold Barnes, mandolin, Brady Roby, guitar, and Kathy Gordon, bass.
A good time was had by all! For more information on any of these fiddlers, e-mail Howard Marshall.